As immigration from Asia and Latin America reshapes the demographic composition of the U.S., some analysts have anticipated the decline of conservative white evangelicals’ influence in politics. Yet, Donald Trump captured a larger share of the white evangelical vote in the 2016 election than any candidate in the previous four presidential elections. Why has the political clout of white evangelicals persisted at a time of increased racial and ethnic diversity? Immigrants, Evangelicals, and Politics in an Era of Demographic Change, a new book by political scientist Janelle Wong (University of Maryland), examines a new generation of Asian American and Latino evangelicals and offers an account of why increased demographic diversity has not contributed as much as might be expected to a political realignment.
- The Horowitz Foundation for Social Policy is now accepting grant applications for grants. In 2017, they offered 19 awards for the most outstanding research in social policy by PhD candidates. This year they are planning to do the same. With awards valued at $7,500 - $12,500, their grants are among the largest offered to PhD students. Please visit the website for more information about criteria and eligibility. The application deadline for this cycle is December 1, 2018.
The award supports junior faculty who focus their research on contemporary American history, politics, culture and society, and show commitment to building campus community for underrepresented students and scholars.
- CRRES Postdoctoral Scholar Dorainne Green’s (Psychological and Brain Sciences) research was heavily covered in recent media. Read about Dorainne’s work in The Atlantic’s article, “How the Stress of Racism Affects Learning,” The Nation’s “Racism Got You Stressed? That May be Holding Kids Back at School, Too,” and Fortune’s “Racism Explains the Academic Achievement Gap.”
- Interim Associate Director Michelle Moyd (History) published a post for the blog Africa is a Country, entitled “The Tyranny of Distance, Up Close.”
- Faculty Affiliate Jakobi Williams (History and African American & African Diaspora Studies) was recently appointed as a National Humanities Center Fellow for the 2016-2017 academic year.
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- Faculty Affiliate John Nieto-Phillips (History and Latino Studies) is now serving as IU’s Associate Vice Provost for Faculty Development and Diversity.
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- Ellen Wu, CRRES Faculty Affiliate, Director of the Asian American Studies Program, and Associate Professor of History, received the 2016 History book award from the Association for Asian American Studies for The Color of Success: Asian Americans and the Origins of the Model Minority.
- Faculty Affiliate Marvin Sterling (Anthropology) received a National Science Foundation grant and a Mellon Innovating International Research fellowship for his work on human rights discourse in Jamaica.
- National Science Foundation, Cultural Anthropology, 2015 (BCS-1528969): “A Postcolonial Regime Analysis of Human Rights Discourse in Jamaica”. March 2015-August 2015
- Mellon Innovating International Research, Teaching and Collaboration Short Term Faculty Fellowship, 2015: “Postcolonial Civil Society and the Discourse of Human Rights: The Jamaica Case in Historical and Ethnographic Context”
- CRRES Director Dina Okamoto (Sociology) co-authored the article, “Group Boundaries, Immigrant Inclusion, and the Politics of Immigrant-Native Relations.”
- Okamoto, Dina G. and Kim Ebert. 2015 “Group Boundaries, Immigrant Inclusion, and the Politics of Immigrant-Native Relations.” American Behavioral Scientist, Special Issue on The Cultural and Political Foundations of Inequality, DOI: 10.1177/0002764215607580.
In multiethnic nation-states experiencing new flows of immigrants, political officials and citizens alike have expressed hostility in the form of demonstrations, campaigns, vandalism, and even policies. Yet local communities have also displayed public support for immigrants in the form of protests and advocacy efforts. Past literature has almost exclusively focused on anti-immigrant activity, using theories of group threat and competition, which suggest that new influxes or large concentrations of immigrants should prompt dominant groups to protect their interests, leading to anti-immigrant attitudes and behaviors. We extend the literature by focusing on pro-immigrant behavior, which we define as efforts initiated by established local residents and organizations to include immigrants in the larger community and/or to improve the lives of immigrants. In contrast to theories of group threat, we put forth the group inclusionmodel, and contend that demographic and political “threats” operate to break down rather than bolster group boundaries. We also find that when the increasing demographic and political presence of immigrants is coupled with the visibility of immigration, immigrant inclusion thrives. Using a data set of pro-immigrant collective action across 52 U.S. metropolitan areas, we generally find support for our model, and discuss the broader implications for immigrant–native relations.
Faculty Affiliate Bernard Fraga’s (Political Science) research on minority voting was covered by the Washington Post, in the article "The Voting Rights Act Turns 50 Today: Here are Three Trend in Minority Voting You Should Know About."
- Faculty Affiliate Marvin Sterling (Anthropology) authored the article, “Race, Ethnicity and Affective Community in Japanese Rastafari.”
Sterling, Marvin D. 2015. "Race, Ethnicity and Affective Community in Japanese Rastafari." In Traveling Texts and the Work of Afro-Japanese Cultural Production: Two Haiku and a Microphone. Nina Cornyetz and William Bridges IV, editors. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.
- June 2015 CRRES Newsletter
- Faculty Affiliate Cara Caddoo's book Envisioning Freedom: Cinema and the Building of Modern Black Life was recently published by Harvard University Press. More info »
- Faculty Affiliate Matthew Hayes (Political Science) co-authored the article "Determinants of Perceived Skin-Color Discrimination in Latin America."
Canache, Damarys, Matthew Hayes, Jeffery J. Mondak, and Mitchell A. Seligson. "Determinants of Perceived Skin-Color Discrimination in Latin America." The Journal of Politics 76, no. 02 (2014): 506-520.
Abstract: Discrimination on the basis of skin color persists as a serious social and political problem in many of the world’s nations. Although numerous consequences of such discrimination have been enumerated, considerably less is known regarding the bases of perceived discrimination. In this study, individuals’ perceptions that they have been the targets of skin-color discrimination are examined. Using 2010 AmericasBarometer data from six nations, a multifaceted account of the possible bases of perceived discrimination is devised and tested. Three classes of predictors are considered: (1) variables related to a person’s skin color, race, and ethnicity; (2) extraneous demographic and psychological factors; and (3) aspects of the individual’s regional social and political context. Results reveal that both skin color and racial and ethnic self-categorization strongly correspond with perceived discrimination, with additional, more modest, effects identified for socioeconomic status (wealth), personality (agreeableness), and the composition of a person’s regional context.
- CRRES Director Dina Okamoto’s book Redefining Race: Asian American Panethnicity and Shifting Ethnic Boundaries was recently published by the Russell Sage Foundation. More info »